Happy Thursday, ‘Nova Nation! Short and sweet from me today, but a pretty cool article below with Ryan Arcidiacono giving his thoughts on this year’s team and what they’re capable of.
See you all at MSG today!
And now, the "news."
Last year's star, Ryan Arcidiacono, likes Villanova's chances this year | USA Today
One of the heroes of last year's title-winning Villanova Wildcats, Ryan Arcidiacono, loves what he sees in this year's team and believes they can win it all again.
Villanova remembers the one it lost | Philly.com
The Villanova Wildcats had the good fortune to play nine postseason games last season, which was the limit available to them. There were three in the Big East Conference tournament and then the remarkable six-game run through the NCAA field.
SI's 2017 college basketball All-America teams | SI.com
Sports Illustrated's 2017 college basketball All-America teams: Kansas guard Frank Mason III and UCLA guard Lonzo Ball lead the way.
Analyzing the Big East tourney: It won’t be a cakewalk for Villanova | New York Post
The best team isn’t always the last one standing. Just once in the first three years of the revamped Big East has Villanova, the No. 1 seed each time, won the conference tournament.
Ryan Arcidiacono’s successor thriving as Villanova’s new leader | New York Post
There would never be another “Mr. Villanova.” Jay Wright would never have another player like Ryan Arcidiacono; a point guard who practically shared a brain with his coach, a leader who captained the team for four years, a two-way threat who seemed like he had been at the school longer than most of its professors, a selfless star who assisted on the shot that brought the school its first national championship in 30 years...
Big East Tournament: Preview, Picks, Things to Watch | Barstool Sports
I don’t care if it’s not the same as it was when we were growing up. You still hear Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden and you still get a little giddy.
Big East Tourney Preview: Villanova as hungry as ever heading into MSG | City of Basketball Love
Josh Hart’s coming-out party in the 2015 Big East Tournament -- earning Most Outstanding Player honors after scoring 53 points off the bench in three days -- served noticed to the rest of the league that although Villanova carries a “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” mentality, the East Coast power had a game-changer on its hands.
From Kimble to Kemba: Ranking the 25 best individual NCAA Tournament runs | CBSSports.com
These guys all carried their teams to at least the Elite Eight.
Which programs are best and worst in March Madness? | FanSided
Taking a look at which programs and coaches have performed above and below expectations in the NCAA Tournament, and how to use it to fill out your bracket.
For small conferences, Championship Week does more harm than good | The Comeback
Championship Week in college basketball is big for smaller conferences. But do they really benefit if their best teams don't go to the NCAA Tournament?
The 10 best NBA prospects we’ll see in the NCAA tournament … and three we won’t
Who are the best future pros taking center stage in the NCAA tournament?